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Hi fellow fish addicts,

I have had an idea for a few years now that I have finally decided to follow up and make it happen.

Replacing that outdoor spa that had a broken heater and leaking filter with a fish pond.

For months (I procrastinate a lot) I slowly removed and dug out my old spa and saved up the cash for a good liner.. .75mm EPDM (wow this stuff is unreal).

Last Friday me and a good mate of mine started the build, which I'm sure I will rebuild/reshape multiple times but I thought I would share the pics and get some ideas from the experienced on what I haven't thought of and what will and wont work with my current canvas.

Ignoring the current stream because it will change once I get the rocks I like and ignoring fencing requirements (don't get me started) I am looking for some stocking ideas and anything else really.

My goal is to stock this with barra running a separate pump during the winter to get the water to the roof for a solar heating solution, currently I have a lonely 10 comets to help with the cycle which I hope will become barra food one day.

This will be my first post with attachments.. watch me screw it up..

But for now here is the measurements.

2.4m x 2.4m

Shallow end is 55cm

deep end is 120cm

My wild guess is about 4kL but if anyone else wants to do the maths that I cant be bothered with go for it.

My current concern is I need some algae eaters that wont get eaten by barra and can handle the cold temps that might occur in a Brisbane pond with solar heating. All I can think of is some large plecos but I'm not sure what temps to expect in the colder months, I have a little concern about the plecos hurting the liner but I'm pretty sure that wont be an issue just looking for some confirmation.

Pics will follow.

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ooh not sure how that tuna got in the shot.. moving on..

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I will keep my progress pics coming but this project will no doubt change shape a little along the way, so please any helpful ideas/feedback would be appreciated.

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yeah I hope I can keep it warm too.. the comets don't give a damn but if I want to keep the Barra like I'm hoping I can, I need to have a decent heating solution that's not going to blow the budget.

I don't think I will be able to afford the solar heating until after this winter so I'm chasing feedback from anyone that has tried something similar already.

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A cheap and old fashion solar set up would be get a roll of 2 inch poly pipe there about 100m long and coil it onto your roof only problem is you will need a decent pump to get your water to circulate.

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